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Indoor portable fireplaces are hot: Here are some of our favorite models

No chimney? No problem.

Indoor bioethanol fireplaces are in vogue, exuding the primal warmth of a roaring fire even within chimney-deprived houses and apartments.

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Models can be installed into recessed cavities, over existing walled-off fireplaces or hung on walls. Portable versions can be placed on tables and floors or used outdoors.

Bioethanol fireplaces are low-maintenance additions to homes because they produce no smoke, soot or ash — only steam, carbon dioxide and some heat.

That said, the fireplaces do consume oxygen. So always keep a window or door cracked when using one. And it probably goes without saying, but we will say it anyway: Always follow all safety instructions included with these products.

Here are three hot models that caught our eye:

Ghost | EcoSmart Fire

Bioethanol fireplace by EcoSmart Fire. This model is called "Ghost."
Bioethanol fireplace by EcoSmart Fire. This model is called "Ghost." (Christian Bucher / EcoSmart Fire)

The Ghost is made of brushed stainless steel and toughened glass. A display compartment can be wryly stacked with wood logs, which are not included. $2,652. ecosmartfire.com

Tokio | Ignis

Bioethanol fireplace by Ignis. This model is called "Tokio.
Bioethanol fireplace by Ignis. This model is called "Tokio. (Ignis / Ignis)

Tokio is constructed of powder-coated steel and is covered in a SAE 304 stainless steel frame, favored for corrosion resistance. The model can sit recessed into a wall or can be mounted using included brackets. $382.50 ignisproducts.com

Omega | Decorpro

Bioethanol fireplace by Decorpro model called "Omega."
Bioethanol fireplace by Decorpro model called "Omega." (Decorpro / Decorpro)

This tabletop burner is formed from a single, ribbon-shaped length of steel coated in a glossy, powder-paint white. $72 decorpro.ca

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